Protecting kids from cold

Protecting kids from cold

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA, Ga. -

 

The problem today isn't just the cold: it's the wind. It draws heat away from our skin. That combination can be risky for children, who have thinner skin.

That's why experts are asking parents to make sure kids are protected before they head outside.

Dr. Jim Fortenberry of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, recommends protecting kids from the extreme weather.

"They lose significantly more heat across their skin that's why it's important to add those extra layers and to think of them a little different than you would think of yourself. If you're cold, you're child is even more cold." Fortenberry says.

Dr. Fortenberry recommends layers: shoot for a layer to wick sweat from the skin, a middle layer or two to hold the heat in, and on outer layer to keep out the cold.

"If your child has to go out, if the child is going back to school, you want to use layers, you can use multiple thin layers, and make sure you cover up the head, with a hat, because that is where a child is using most of their heat" Fortenberry adds. Mittens and warm socks are also advised. Try to cover up as much skin as possible.

He recommends keeping kids close to home - but if they want out makes sure they're coming inside every few minutes for warm up breaks.

If your child is shivering, that's a sign - it's time to go back inside and get warm.

At night, we tend to want to wrap the baby in blankets.

Dr. Fortenberry says try not to have loose blankets or pillows in the crib. The layers can block the baby's breathing.

Instead he recommends using a sleeper suit or a blanket wrapped securely around the baby's lower body.

 

 

  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • 'Tater' the dog survives being impaled while chasing squirrel

    'Tater' the dog survives being impaled while chasing squirrel

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:21:01 GMT
    Tater was impaled. The half-inch rod cut straight through his body. His owner knew if he pulled Tater off the rod, he might bleed to death.
    Tater was impaled. The half-inch rod cut straight through his body. His owner knew if he pulled Tater off the rod, he might bleed to death.
  • FOX Medical Team

    Helping teens when their college choice says "NO"

    Helping teens when their college choice says "NO"

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:17:59 GMT
    For many teens, the college application process is their first real taste of a the high-stakes, high pressure world of adulthood.
    For many teens, the college application process is their first real taste of a the high-stakes, high pressure world of adulthood.
  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-11 12:12:16 GMT
    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning.
    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning.
  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • 2014 Tax Day freebies and more

    2014 Tax Day freebies and more

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:09:24 GMT
    Have you filed your taxes? Today is the final day to file your 2013 IRS tax return. And some local businesses are offering freebies and deals to those who filed on time.
    Have you filed your taxes? Today is the final day to file your 2013 IRS tax return. And some local businesses are offering freebies and deals to those who filed on time.
  • What's Happening: College2Career Fair at Cobb Galleria

    What's Happening: College2Career Fair at Cobb Galleria

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:39:57 GMT
    If you are a college student looking for a job you can head over to the Cobb Galleria on Tuesday. There is a huge career fair to help students transition into the workforce.
    If you are a college student looking for a job you can head over to the Cobb Galleria on Tuesday. There is a huge career fair to help students transition into the workforce.
  • FOX Medical Team

    Helping teens when their college choice says "NO"

    Helping teens when their college choice says "NO"

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:17:59 GMT
    For many teens, the college application process is their first real taste of a the high-stakes, high pressure world of adulthood.
    For many teens, the college application process is their first real taste of a the high-stakes, high pressure world of adulthood.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices